Psyche Loui is Assistant Professor of Creativity and Creative Practice in the Department of Music at Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design. She is Director of the MIND Lab and enjoys asking questions about how the mind enables music, and what we can learn from musical functions of the brain. When not teaching and conducting research, she enjoys playing the violin.
Parker Tichko is a post-doctoral researcher in the MIND Lab. His research interests include music cognition, auditory neuroscience, dynamical systems theory, and developmental systems theory. Outside of the MIND Lab, he is musician, composer, and producer, and he likes to collect old, analog synthesizers in his spare time. Prior to graduate school, he worked in the music manufacturing industry and wrote a book about music education and computer music.
Milena Quinci is a Research Assistant and Lab Manager at the MIND Lab. She has an interest in understanding the effect that music has on cognition and affective disorders, specifically in older adults. Milena holds a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with a minor in Music from Emmanuel College and a Master of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Reading. In her free time, Milena enjoys playing the cello, running, and reading.
Alex Belden is a Biology PhD student working in the MIND lab, with a particular interest in functional MRI research. He is currently working on measuring group differences in the resting state functional connectivity of jazz musicians, classical musicians, and the minimally musically trained. Alex has a Bachelors of science in Biopsychology from Tufts University, where he also minored in music, as well as a Masters of arts in Biology from Wesleyan University. In his free time, Alex enjoys singing, spending time with friends, and playing dungeons and dragons.
Dylan is a lab manager at MIND Lab. He is in the class of 2021 at Northeastern University studying Psychology. He is fascinated by biological therapeutic effects from non-pharmacological means like exercise, psychotherapy, music listening, etc. He is enthusiastic to learn about the effects and their underlying mechanisms via neuroscience. At home, Dylan likes to do research and experiment on Chinese food.
Diana Wang is in the Class of 2020 at Harvard College concentrating in neurobiology and social anthropology. She is fascinated about how music affects neurodevelopment and plasticity, with a focus in emotional processing and social awareness. In the past Diana has worked on functional MRI projects, measuring anatomical differences in young musicians in the Suzuki School of Music. Outside of her academics, she is an active violinist in the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra and the Brattle Street Chamber Players. Diana also enjoys baking and rock climbing on the side.
Yaen Chen is in the Class of 2022 at Northeastern University studying Behavioral Neuroscience and Bioinformatics from Rowland Heights, California. Yaen is interested in learning about the mechanisms in which musical participation can impact the brain neurophysiologically. Outside of classes, she enjoys dancing with Kinematix Dance Troupe, falling down YouTube rabbit holes, and drinking boba.
Dana Walker holds a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University, with minors in music and Spanish. Originally from CT, she will be traveling to London in the autumn to pursue an MS in Music, Mind, and Brain at Goldsmiths, University of London. Dana is interested in the effects of music on mental illness, as well as the importance of music education. When she’s not playing clarinet, she’s usually baking or using Photoshop.
Nicole Page is part of the class of 2023 at Northeastern University where she is studying biochemistry as well as Spanish and English. As a musician and a pre-med student, she is particularly interested in how various types of therapy involving music might have clinical applications. Outside of the MIND lab, Nicole is a an E-Board member for the Innovators for Global Health club, an active member of ACES, a community service group, and a flute player in various ensembles on campus. On the weekends, you can find her doing Pilates and watering her many plants.
Grace Wilson is in the Class of 2020 at Simmons University, where she studies Neuroscience & Behavior and Music History. After being fascinated by music therapy for several years, she is currently studying how music based interventions can activate the rewards system and improve symptoms in patients with cognitive impairments. Outside of her academics, she is the President of the Neuroscience and Psychology Liaison at Simmons, and enjoys playing trombone in the Colleges of the Fenway Orchestra. She loves to travel, and enjoys watching Netflix and reading in her spare time.
Roger Burtonpatel is in the class of 2024 at Tufts University, where he plans to study Cognitive Science and Comparative Literature. As a neuro-enthusiast and long-time percussionist, he is particularly interested in the evolutionary benefits of internalized rhythmic processing. Outside of classes, you can usually find him drumming, watching foreign films, or telling his friends how cool the MIND lab is.
MIND Lab Alumni
Valerie Goutama was a Research Assistant and Lab Manager at the MIND Lab. Valerie holds a Bachelor of science in Psychology from University of Massachusetts Boston with a deep interest in understanding how the human brain works at a neural level. In her daily life, she enjoys playing piano, listening to music, and learning new things.
Michael Lazar is in the class of 2020 at Skidmore College, where he is studying neuroscience and physics. He has an interest in different techniques for neuroimaging. Outside of classes he enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, and playing ultimate frisbee.